The Glow-In-The-Dark Night Sky Book

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Illus. in full color. Turn off the lights and watch 34 constellations glow in the dark! This unique, convenient guide to the night sky has star maps that shine after exposure to light. The maps, arranged by season, cover constellations of the Northern Hemisphere. Instructions on how to use the book are included. An appendix explains the mythology behind each constellation.

Star maps of the constellations with accompanying pictures of the characters and creatures the ...

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Overview

Illus. in full color. Turn off the lights and watch 34 constellations glow in the dark! This unique, convenient guide to the night sky has star maps that shine after exposure to light. The maps, arranged by season, cover constellations of the Northern Hemisphere. Instructions on how to use the book are included. An appendix explains the mythology behind each constellation.

Star maps of the constellations with accompanying pictures of the characters and creatures the ancients imagined in the star groups and a brief story on each. The constellations glow in the dark.

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Gr 3 Up What at first glance seems a perfect gimmick turns out to have definite flaws in execution. Two pages of text clearly explain how to make the star maps in the book glow and how readers can orient themselves with the book outside at night. One page lists brief explanations of constellation names. The rest consists of sky maps for eight times a year in the northern hemisphere, each shown in two views: a simple glowing schematic of five or six constellations with reference points, and the same glowing points against a background of constellation pictures and non-glowing stars. Unfortunately, the quest for clear, uncluttered star maps has led to the presentation of alternate constellations on succeeding pages. Thus, Cepheus appears on the early fall map, the combined constellation Andromeda/Pegasus on the late fall map, and Cassiopeia on the early winter map. As these are adjacent constellations, all visible all three times, this makes their relative positions hard to see. The endpapers give more nearly complete maps, but omit one star of the Summer Triangle, one of the reference points promised in the text. Relative brightness of the stars is represented by sizes of the glowing dots, but dim stars are likely to look more impressive on the page than in the sky. This is an attractive book: oversize, full-color, with astronomical page decorations. It's bound to be popular, but most libraries will want it only as a companion to a more complete introduction to the sky, such as Franklyn Branley's Star Guide (Crowell, 1987). Margaret Chatham, formerly at Smithtown Library, N.Y.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780394891132
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/12/1988
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.85 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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